Abia State Passengers Integrated Manifest and Safety Scheme (ASPIMSS)
The General Manager of the Abia State Passengers Integrated Manifest and Safety Scheme (ASPIMSS),is Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu.
Abia launches free ambulance services for accident victims
Abia State Government,on Monday Oct 15, 2007, inaugurated its free emergency ambulance and accident intervention scheme aimed at saving the lives of accident victims.
It is envisaged that the scheme which presently boasts of two ambulance vehicles and drugs for first aid treatment will provide quick medical attention to accident victims and convey them to hospitals within 20 minute from the time of’ the accident.
Under the scheme to be manned by medical doctors and nurses, accident victims would receive first aid before being rushed to designated four friendly hospitals for detailed medical attention.
The medical team would be assisted by a number of volunteers who have offered to serve as Special Rescue Marshals to ensure prompt and adequate attention during emergencies.
Initiators of the scheme, Abia State Passengers Integrated Manifest and Safety Scheme (ASPIMSS), at the commissioning ceremony presented cheques being advance payments to the four designated “friendly” hospitals chosen for the programme. They include Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia and Chionye Hospital, Obikabia and another Enugu-based hospital.
Inaugurating the scheme at Okigwe Motor Park in Umuahia, Governor Theodore Orji said the exercise highlights the premium his government placed on the health, safety and general well-being of people of Abia and other road users.
“The need to ensure immediate care for accident victims can not be over-emphasised. It is a fact that if some deceased accident victims had gotten emergency help the moment the accident occurred, unnecessary loss of lives would have been averted,” Orji said.
The governor commended ASPIMSS management led by General Manager of the Abia State Passengers Integrated Manifest and Safety Scheme (ASPIMSS), Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu for the “laudable” initiative.
The Commissioner for Works and Transport, Chief Kelvin Ugboaja, assured that his ministry would provide enough personnel that would assist ASPIMSS realise the goals of the emergency services, adding that the services would be extended to 12 mid-night daily.